I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Code of Honor
1365 A.D. - After the Earl of Sandbourne banishes his supposedly unfaithful wife to a convent, his young son Michael swears never to set foot on the family’s estate until after his father’s death. Michael will then claim his title as the new earl and restore his beloved mother to a place of honor.
Fifteen years pass, and the now-knighted Sir Michael Devereux serves Lord Geoffrey de Montfort at Kinwick Castle. He accompanies the nobleman and his family to a wedding, where Michael unknowingly falls in love with the bride before he even knows her identity.
Lady Elysande Le Cler is angry that her usually indulgent father went against her wishes and betrothed her to a stranger prior to his death. Now as her wedding day approaches, dread fills her—until she meets a dashing stranger who helps her deliver a foal. Elysande loses her heart to this knight, frustrated that they can never be together.
Join Michael and Elysande as they find fate has other plans in store for them.
Code of Honor by Alexa Aston gave me the feels for the almost star-crossed lovers in this book. You can always count on your heart breaking when you read one of Aston’s romances, but she somehow mends it back together with her happily ever afters.
So on that note… OMG why does the author do this to me all the time? First she gives us Michael’s backstory, which in itself left me tearing up. We got to see inside his POV while he was young and insecure, training to become a knight, but at the same time dreading to go home to a volatile situation. It was such a sad flashback, but it really helped to understand Michael’s character.
In the present storyline, Michael has essentially done all his character growth. His resentment for his father festers for a long time and he practically is awaiting for his death. I totally understood why he felt that way, I don’t blame him, but let us just say that the forgiveness does not come.
Duty and honor dictate his life and especially when romance enters it. The love between Michael and Elysande seemed doomed from the beginning. A roller coaster ride really. Full of hope one minute, to dread in the next. I’ve come to find out that I kinda like being treated like that when I read a story. It increases the drama factor a lot.
As far as Elysande’s somewhat unrealistic knowledge and bravery when it comes to initiating kisses (she being a virgin after all) I liked the sweetness of the whole thing.
“I am committed to you, heart and soul. In time, we’ll make it official in the eyes of God and man, but I want you to know that I am yours till our dying day-and beyond.”
It’s a story where you’ll be wondering how they could ever end up together. Bridal contracts were not to be broken and betrothals were basically marriage anyway, but it worked out in the end.
A little note…
- This can be read as a standalone, but characters from the previous books do make an appearance and do play a role.
- This series was previously written under Lauren Linwood.
Other books in the series…
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Are you a sucker for Medieval Romance? If so, what are your favorites?